Lauren Tucker is a dance artist based in the UK. She has recently formed a new company, Tuckshop Dance Theatre in 2016, with an ambitious vision to create high quality dance theatre and digital exports for young audiences. She makes creative work, performs, facilitates learning to take place, and develops opportunities for dance and people in the Northwest.
"Tuckshop was my nickname at school, and the name is an effort to retain my youth for as long as possible." Lauren Tucker
In education and training, Lauren went to Liverpool Community College, Liverpool John Moores, and continued her training through 12 Degrees North Dance Company. She also has a Diploma To Teach In The Lifelong Learning Sector from Liverpool Hope University. Lauren works with a diverse range of people, in a diverse range of settings across a wide range of art forms.
As a performer, Lauren has performed in her own solo work and in works by Gary Clarke (A solo for Ludus Dance- Light Up Lancaster, SENSES at Dance Base, Take It To The Hub, Capstone Theatre), Antonia Grove, Filip Van Huffell, Alesandra Seutin, James Wilton, Joseph Raey Reid, Kate Cox and Maria (Stealing Sheep- MIF), Kate Jackson, Bettina Carpi, Lisi Perry, Taciturn Dance, Ithalia Forel, Movema, George Adams, Le Petit Mort , and Charlene Kaliyate.
In 2014, Lauren began exploring Aerial Theatre with Wired Aerial Theatre through the Plumb Project supported by Leftcoast. Lauren has developed a curiosity and passion for flying.
“Lauren’s solo work was a wonderful demonstration of personal investment into an idea as well as portraying the strength of the solo female in dance. I strongly believe that Lauren has the potential to become a leading figure for the dance sector in the North West and should continue her growth.”
Gary Clarke - Gary Clarke UK
Most recently Lauren has been funded to make ‘Neverland’ an interactive, immersive and inter-disciplinary performance using dance and digital technology, for young people and families. The work will explore digital identity and youth culture and it will be shown in libraries, youth friendly spaces and online. This work is supported by Arts Council England, Cheshire Dance, Cheshire West and Chester Libraries and Wired Aerial Theatre. Partners involved in this project also include Storyhouse, Liverpool John Moores University, Creative Youth Development Wirral and Action Transport Theatre.
Lauren has made her own work as a site based performance with 12 Dancers at the Kazimier, in a collaborative work with dt.Ellipsis. Lauren started making work as an artist in residence at MDI through their residence programme in 2011. Lauren created a solo work that was originally commissioned by 12 Degrees North with mentorship from Gary Clarke, and gained continued support through Moving Dance Forward, The Garrick Trust and Northern Dances- Dance City, Yorkshire Dance, Contact Theatre, Tilt at The Kazimier. In 2018, made a live piece of dance a duet, a trio and ensemble piece that integrated community dancers in to the work ‘Flamingos’ commissioned for Chester Zoo, as part of Cheshire Dance’s Super Senses Project.
Lauren loves working with young people and emerging artists in her creative pursuits and has made work with Homegrown Youth Dance Company (U Dance 2019, Dancing Stories at Chester Cathedral, Now Dance), Centre Pointe Youth Dance Company (U Dance Nationals 2017, U Dance 2018, Lancashire Youth Dance Festival) and Encompass Collective.
Lauren has worked in Further Education, a range of Higher Education Institutions in the NW, Secondary and Primary Schools. She fully supports and advocates for cultural Education the #BACCFORTHEFUTURE campaign. Lauren is currently working with Curious Minds on their CASE (Culture and Arts Schools Experts) Fellowship Programme. Her Dance Teaching Practice extends beyond schools and in to community settings. More recently her community engagement practice is for older people, dance and disability, and young people.
"I work with a real desire to work collaboratively to make a positive impact within the sector and contribute to dance development." Lauren Tucker
Lauren works as a dance development artist for Cheshire Dance. Cheshire Dance’s purpose is to ensure everyone has access to dance and can benefit from its transformative power. We make space for, listen to, engage, learn and celebrate with participants, audiences, artists and other organisations to enable everyone’s dancing voice to be nurtured and heard. Through our own creative practice and as part of a sector rich in expertise we develop and promote excellence in dance. We encourage diversity, foster innovation in practice and enrich the participant/audience experience. With partners we work towards a strong, sustainable and flourishing dance and arts sector, enabling greater impact in Cheshire and beyond. Lauren loves working in Dance Development, as it is complex, rich and challenging. The role at Cheshire Dance requires a broad range of skills and attributes needed to inform and influence strategy.
"I found dance at a young age and it played a huge part in giving me a voice, shaping my values as an active citizen and to make sense of the world around me. It allows me to continue to explore my interests, who I am and what I want to express, and how I want to share it with the world. I go to work to share movement with others, to move people and be moved, and keep the world moving forward. I value collaboration and collective impact." Lauren Tucker